Grand Prairie, Texas, June 13, 2024—As a testament to Chief Operating Officer and EVP, Bob Hendrickson’s outstanding contributions and his continued dedication to RNDC’s success, RNDC announces his transition to the role of Senior Commercial Advisor, effective August 2, 2024.   

His new role as Senior Commercial Advisor will involve working directly with RNDC’s commercial leaders on execution standards, talent development and supplier pursuits. With this transition, Taylor Sommer, Chief Sales Officer, will continue to lead the sales organization, including National Accounts and Category Management and Dave Lane, Chief Supplier and Growth Officer, will continue his current leadership of the Supplier Excellence and Growth organization, both reporting directly to Nick Mehall, President and CEO at RNDC.   

“Throughout his tenure, Bob’s commercial and operational excellence have been instrumental in driving RNDC forward,” said RNDC President and CEO Nick Mehall. “From motivating his teams towards sales goals, his ability to lead with accountability and intense loyalty to his fellow associates and teams, he has fostered an incredibly collaborative and high-performance culture that is well respected in the industry. While his contributions have undoubtedly made a lasting impact on this organization, I most value the legacy of his mentorship and leadership and look forward to his next chapter here at RNDC.   

Bob has been an integral part of RNDC since its inception in 1997, when the former Tarrant Company and Julius Schepps Company merged to create Republic Beverage Company, followed by the addition of National Distributing Company in 2006, forming the RNDC we know today. His leadership has been pivotal in shaping the company’s trajectory and growth.  

With more than 42 years of industry knowledge, Bob’s journey began with E. &J. Gallo Winery in Los Angeles, where he honed his sales and marketing skills, followed by a decade as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Julius Schepps.  

In 2009, Bob assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President after serving as President of Western States. Bob’s commitment to our industry is further exemplified by his position on the Board of Directors for the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America. 

“As someone who firmly believes that one’s success is determined by the quality of the people around them, I value and credit the pleasure of working with incredibly talented individuals and the accomplishments of the collective that have defined my time at RNDC,” said RNDC COO and EVP, Bob Hendrickson. “I am fortunate to have been a part of such a great organization and the RNDC family for 38 years, and I am honored to continue to help the Company moving forward.” 


About Republic National Distributing Company  

As a leading national beverage distributor in wine and spirits, RNDC has established its reputation by bringing the industry’s brightest talent together, consistently igniting opportunities for our suppliers, customers, and associates. Our expansive national reach empowers suppliers by building strategic relationships with on- and off-premise customers, elevating their brands and connecting them with their target consumers. Operating in the District of Columbia and 39 states across the United States, we are committed to being the most valuable partner to all we serve. With roots extending before Prohibition and a footprint spanning from local to national, digital to DTC, we are ushering in a new era of wine and spirits distribution within the three-tier system. At RNDC, we work in that rare space where commitment to craft meets unrelenting quality. Fueled by passion, we are raising the bar for beverage alcohol distribution—elevating spirits and sales across our value chain. To learn more, visit or contact Kanchan Kinkade, Vice President, Corporate Communications, at